No. 25/23 USC Upsets No. 2 Cal State Fullerton In 4-2 Win
April 12, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Cyle Hankerd's bases-loaded double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth gave the No. 25/23 USC Trojans the 4-2 nonconference victory over the No. 2 Cal State Fullerton Titans at Dedeaux Field. Sophomore Paul Koss allowed a run in the ninth, but retired Felipe Garcia on a groundout with the tying run at first to earn his seventh save of the season.
Trojan starter Jack Spradlin (Bonita/Eastlake HS/Southwestern College), who pitched in Friday's 11-1 win against UCLA, came back on three days' rest for another effective performance. Spradlin for the fifth straight start allowed just one run, allowing four hits with no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts. In his last 37 2/3 innings, Spradlin has a 1.19 ERA with 28 hits, seven walks and 29 strikeouts.
USC improved to 22-9 on the season and has now won eight of its last nine games and 13 of its last 16 contests. Cal State Fullerton falls to 23-9 overall.
Bobby Andrews led off the first for the Titans with a single, but the Trojans turned a 6-4-3 double play on Justin Turner's ground ball. After that twin killing, Spradlin retired 18 of the next 19 batters.
Jared Clark, Adam Jorgenson and Lauren Gagnier held the Trojans hitless until the fifth inning and two outs. Right fielder Darin Vieira belted a 1-2 pitch from Gagnier over the fence in right as USC took a 1-0 lead. It was Vieira's second home run of the season and second in the last four games.
Brett Pill tied the game in the seventh with his seventh homer of the season, delivering a solo shot to left center on a full count pitch by Spradlin.
Pinch hitter Zack Kalter hit a one-out single to right in the eighth and was replaced by pinch runner Dale Legaspi. Legaspi moved to second on a Pestano wild pitch before Blake Sharpe flied out for the second out. Catcher Jeff Clement, who had his season-high 15-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-2, was intentionally walked and Billy Hart walked to load the bases for Hankerd. Hankerd then hit a high hopper down the first base line that just traveled over the bag and tailed away from Pill into the right field corner.
Turner singled in the ninth, stole second and moved to third on a single by Pill. Danny Dorn singled to center, scoring Turner and moving Pill to third. Garcia's chopper down the third base line was fielded cleanly by Hart, who fired a throw to first baseman Matt Cusick in time to end the game.
USC travels to UC Santa Barbara for a 2 p.m. game tomorrow. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
CSF 000-000-101---2-7-0 USC 000-010-03x---4-4-0